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Feb 26, 2006 11:31 PM

Outstanding gourmet foods/restaurants in Scotland?

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hey there. Going all over Scotland and seeking places that are the best for foodies. Already know Three Chimneys and Cook's Table, got other suggestions???

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  1. If you're in the area, then you must go to the Crannog restaurant in Fort William. It does great fish and seafood dishes served in intersting ways - I ate the best langoustines ever when we went there just over a year ago. Divine. Apparently it was damaged in a storm and has moved to a different location on the loch, but they were due back to their original building in early 2006, so check it out before you go.

    Also, try the Oasis in Oban - it had only just opened a year or so back, so I hope they are still going. they serve well prepared and tasty food.

    I went to the Ee Usk seafood place which is well known in Oban, and we had amazing starters of scallops and also a lovely fish hotpot type thing. It's definitely worth a visit - but I would avoid the moules mariniere - they were fresh, but small and nothing added to the watery broth.

    We had a lovely lunch at the Tayvallich Inn which is a bit out of the way, but worth a detour - again, great fresh seafood and fish dishes. It's a pub on the side of a small loch on the west coast.

    If you want a more special night out (or even stay overnight if you can afford it) try Knockinaam Lodge - a country house hotel near Port Patrick. I had one of the best meals I've ever had there - I can't remember what it cost, as it was a few years ago, but I think it was good value for the quality of food. We had a set, no choice menu and it was all faultless. They have a vast wine list too.

    Have a good time.

    1. In Edinburgh, be sure to visit Valvona & Crolla, the best Italian deli/food shop in the UK. They serve lunch there as well.

      If you are going to the east coast of the Highlands, I highly recommend The Quiet Piggy in Brora. They serve lunch & dinner there. In Dornoch, Luigi's Cafe serves a very good dinner 3 or 4 nites a week. They also serve lunch 7 days a week.

      There is a pub called The Anderson in Fortrose that is supposed to be pretty good, but I have not been there yet.

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      1. re: DavidT

        Another recommendation in that part of Scotland is the Oystercatcher, a seafood restaurant in Portmahamock (east of Tain).

      2. the best food i've had in scotland is at the restaurant in kinnaird. have a great trip :)

        1. If you are hitting the cities try Martin Wisharts in Edinburgh and The Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow (excellent 3 course Sunday lunch with a glass of bubbly is a snip at £17pp).

          If I had the chance (or the money) I would splurge at Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles.